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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

How Businesses Fail to Protect Customer Info

Most Internet users should know by now that personal digital security is in large part our own choice and responsibility. But in truth, our electronic security is also in the hands of the companies we do business with — and they’re not all taking that fact seriously.

With the seemingly weekly revelations of hackers stealing our names, email addresses, credit-card numbers, passwords, and so forth from corporate databases, it’s small wonder many Internet users are scratching their heads and asking, “What the heck is going on?”

Doug Spindler has written about the incompetence of many businesses when it comes to protecting customers’ privacy and security. Doug writes:

“Contrast OfficeMax’s actions with that of Home Depot. In November 2013, Target’s credit-card point-of-purchase terminals were breached and customer credit-card numbers stolen. Security analysts later published details about how the attack was carried out, and they noted the countermeasures a company could implement so as not to be the next victim.

“What did Home Depot do? Apparently nothing.”

You can read Doug Spindler’s interesting article at:

Categories: Current Affairs

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